Stuart McCloskey: the highly-rated Ulster centre will be in action for Emerging Ireland against Russia. Photo: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland’s participation in the IRB Nations Cup – they played in the Tiblisi Cup last year – is fundamentally to secure a competitive outlet for what m(...)

Mt Leinster Rangers 1-15 Castletown Geoghegan 1-13Carlow champions Mount Leinster Rangers came from six points down late in the first half to eke out (...)

 Stuart Olding   in action during the Heineken Cup match between Ulster and Leicester Tigers at Ravenhill . Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Olding moves to fullback for Ulster
  • Rugby
  • October 24, 2013, 13:10

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe, has made two personnel changes and one positional switch to the team that beat Montpellier for tomorrow night’s game again(...)

 Peter O’Mahony. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney has made five changes to the Munster team for tomorrow’s Heineken Cup game against Gloucester in Thomond Park (6.0).Johne Mur(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
Leinster’s Lions return to the fray
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  • September 26, 2013, 12:48

Leinster welcome back British & Irish Lions Brian O’Driscoll, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney to the starting line-up for tomorrow night(...)

Ian Madigan training with Leinster this week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.
Fitzgerald fit to start for Leinster
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  • September 13, 2013, 12:43

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has named Luke Fitzgerald on the left wing for the Irish province’s RaboDirect Pro12 game against the Ospreys at the RDS (...)

Ian Keatley: lines out at number 10 against Edinburgh at Musgrave Park tonight. Photograph: Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney will have been reasonably satisfied with pre-season victories over Gloucester (28-17) and London Irish (27-13) but tonight’s(...)

 Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth on the attack against Ulster. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Shane Jennings leads a young Leinster side for tomorrow night’s pre-season friendly match against Northampton Saints at Donnybrook (7.0).Darren Hudso(...)

A general view of a revamped Ravenhill where Ulster beat Leinster in a pre-season friendly.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster 21 Leinster 19: As is the way with pre-season friendlies the result was always secondary to what was essentially a hit-out for the expanded an(...)

Laois’s Padraig Clancy will attempt to fill a huge void in midfield in the absence of Brendan Quigley. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

GAVIN CUMMISKEYThe luck of the draw means either Carlow or Laois will stay afloat for a while yet. On the evidence of both counties opening round coll(...)